July 2004

Volume 12 Issue 7

Editorial Staff

Clinical Editor
Morton Kern, MD
Executive Editor
Laurie Gustafson
Managing Editor
Rebecca Kapur
Production Manager
Elizabeth Vasil

Editorial Correspondence

Rebecca Kapur, Managing Editor, Cath Lab Digest
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Dr. Raizner directed the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratories of the Methodist DeBakey Heart Center for twenty-five years and served as the Center’s first Medical Director. Under Dr. Raizner’s leadership, the Center achieved a ranking of 15th in the…
There are many pitfalls when it comes to designing cath labs. Many of these are common for both new and renovation projects, but renovations also have several unique challenges. In either case, myriad questions must be answered to avoid potential pit…
In an effort to provide accessible, high-quality cardiovascular care to the rural areas of Thailand, the Thai Ministry of Public Health (MPOH)* is building cardiovascular centers in these underserved areas. The new centers will be attached to existin…
YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE! The Society of Invasive Cardiovascular Professionals (SICP) invites you to provide us with suggestions on how we can best serve your needs. For over 10 years, the Society of Invasive Cardiovascular Professionals has…
Sodium Bicarbonate Effective For Contrast-induced Nephropathy Researchers report an unexpectedly effective and cheap way of preventing the kidney damage that can be caused by contrast media. The solution? A solution of baking soda. About 5 million…
In general, do we have too many choices at the store? Speaking as someone who has seen her significant other paralyzed in the toothpaste aisle, I would say, well, sometimes. At least in the cath lab, clinical trial data can guide some choices, unlike…
What is the size of your cath lab facility and number of staff members? The Mount Sinai Medical Center’s cardiac catheterization laboratory in New York City consists of 3 adult labs, 1 pediatric lab,1 EP lab, 1 cardiac biopsy suite, 8 bed prep and…
Can you talk about the cyclical nature of CMS’ proposed rulings and why professionals should consider following this cycle on a regular basis? Each year, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issues its proposal for what they’re go…